Iceland Cruise 19 – The Perlan/Pearl & Þingvellir UNESCO Site

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Yesterday was the wettest & coldest day so far on our Scottish holiday, and we were on the Isle of Mull on a wildlife tour, lets just say, most of the animals were staying in.  Today, Thursday, nasty wet morning, but lovely sunny afternoon, although quite a strong wind.  We were going on a ferry to Colonsay tomorrow, but there are going to be gale force winds and rain… we have cancelled… we will have to go when the weather is better……maybe not this year.  

Anyway back to our Iceland cruise of March 2018, and on our second day in Reykjavik we did, as everyone does, the Golden Circle, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.  Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered to be the first stop on the Golden Circle, the park is located only about 45 minute’s drive away from Reykjavík.  But our first stop was the Perlan or Pearl, built in 1988 on top of Oskjuhlid Hill, Perlan in Reykjavik is where beauty meets function as a glass dome sits atop the city’s reservoirs in six huge tanks, each with the capacity to hold over 4 million litres (1 million gallons) of geothermal hot water. The building was designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson.  We climbed to the top and walked around the dome, but it was cold, very cold, you soon had to return inside, but the views of Reykjavik were spectacular.  There is also a museum – Wonders of Iceland Come and explore The Glacier and Ice Cave Exhibition.  It illustrates the glaciers of Iceland, but we didn’t have time, as we were off to Þingvellir.

We arrived at Þingvellir and it was even colder, but no rain, which is always good for photo taking …. Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a historic site and national park in Iceland, east of Reykjavík.  It’s known for the Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault.  It was quite amazing walking through the park, and then we returned to the coach, to continue on our trip on the Golden Circle.

6 Replies to “Iceland Cruise 19 – The Perlan/Pearl & Þingvellir UNESCO Site”

    1. I did buy a sweater, not there, but in the town, a lot cheaper, they are very warm and keep the wind out 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the cruise, still a few more posts to come 🙂

  1. Love the self portrait! Reflections are tricky things, well done. I checked out that rift and found out it’s the northern end of the rift that goes down the middle of the Atlantic! Some significant geology there. 🙂

    1. Thank you, I was quite pleased that I got both of us, normally it’d just me 🙂 Yes that is one serious rift and its amazing when you go out on the lava flow, you see one side much older than the other side. Unfortunately its not easy to take photos of it.

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